Vegetation which occurs in and/or adjacent to a watercourse. For the purpose of administering Fish and Game Code Section 1600, et seq., this should be expanded to include vegetation adjacent to lakes as well. Vegetation growing on or near the banks of a stream or other body of water on soils that exhibit some wetness characteristics during some portion of the growing season. Vegetation which occurs along watercourses, and is structurally or floristically distinct from nearby, non-streamside vegetation. Riparian vegetation is terrestrial vegetation that grows beside rivers, streams, and other freshwater bodies and that depends on these water sources for soil moisture greater than would otherwise be available from local precipitation. Source: Warner, R.E. and Hendrix, K.M., eds. 1984. California Riparian Systems, Ecology, Conservation, and Productive Management. California Riparian Systems Conference, U.C. Davis. September 1981. University of California Press. Berkeley, California.
Selected riparian vegetation links: